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I have been a resident of Mullumbimby for many years, originally from Israel. On the 26th of March, I attended an event in Mullum’s RSL called ‘Politics in the Pub’, advertised as a ‘peace and freedom in Israel & Palestine Fundraiser’. 

I sat there listening from start to end, but couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and especially what I was not hearing. I can’t express in words how badly Israel was presented. 

The incredibly complex conflict was reduced to a distorted picture, showing the Palestinians as the absolute good in this story, and the Israelis as pure evil. There was so much misinformation there, and especially so many important and relevant aspects that were conveniently and deliberately not mentioned. After attending this event, it felt as if there was no other option but to be totally convinced that Israel is the most monstrous country ever to be imagined. 

I want to address the people who attended, hoping that at least some of them will read my words. I implore you, dear fellow locals, to please think of what you were told. Does it all make sense? Does it sit well with other information you have? 

Look around at the many Israelis you know and are part of our community; do they fit the profile of white supremacy you were told of? I am begging you, please go and keep digging into this topic, check the facts, ask questions, and try other sources. 

Please don’t be fooled into believing that the reality is one-dimensional, flat, and simple. This conflict is horrible for everyone involved; there is no need to falsify whole parts of history or deny real events in order to validate people’s suffering.

Michal Schiff, Mullumbimby 
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  1. Michal, take heart. I’m not Israeli, nor am I Jewish but I definitely understand the facts about Israeli history, not just the history from 1947, and I know why the war in Gaza is happening. I’m sure a lot of other people do too. If Hamas hadn’t committed the atrocities of October 7th, what would the death toll in Gaza be now? For the real facts on Hamas, the Palestinians support for them and the facts about the Palestinians attitude towards Israel look no further than Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Palestinian and son of one of the founders of Hamas. His conversation with Douglas Murray is particularly impressive.


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